Photos comes with every Mac and provides powerful, easy-to-use editing tools along with photo organization and sharing features. Use Photos to perfect your images, and don't be afraid to explore all of the tools — if you don't like a change you made, you can go back to the original photo any time.
Oct 07, 2018 Leo Laporte discusses the various apps available for photo editing on the Mac. Watch the full episode here:You can find more about T. Jul 12, 2018 The best video editing software for Mac is, ultimately, the one that does what you need to do in a way that you enjoy working. There’s lots of Mac video editing software, and much of it is free. Take time, try out as many applications as you can and choose the best one for you.
Before you begin
- Update the software on your Mac to make sure that you're using the latest version of macOS.
- To ensure that all of your photos are available for editing, turn on iCloud Photos on your Mac and your other devices.
iCloud Photos keeps your photos organized and up to date everywhere that you use it. So any edits that you make on your Mac appear on your other devices too.
To open a photo in Edit view, double-click a photo in your library, then click Edit in the toolbar. You can also select a photo and pressCommand-Return to open a photo in Edit view. Click a tab in the middle of the toolbar to select from the three groups of editing tools: Adjust, Filters, and Crop.
The toolbar also has buttons for editing with extensions and quickly rotating or enhancing your photo.
While you edit, you can use the slider on the toolbar's left side to zoom in on your photo for greater detail. When you finish making your adjustments, click Done.
Use the powerful tools in Adjust to fine-tune your photo's light, color, sharpness, and more. Use sliders or the Auto button to easily adjust your photo — or dive deeper with detailed controls.
Click the triangle next to each Adjust tool's name to show its controls. Some tools allow even more detailed adjustments; click the triangle next to Options to see everything the tool offers.
You can toggle individual adjustments on and off by clicking the blue circle that appears next to each tool when it's expanded or when hover your pointer over it.
If you want to apply the adjustments you make from one photo to another, just copy and paste them. Open the photo that has the adjustments that you want, click Edit, and choose Image > Copy Adjustments. Then open the photo you want to apply the edits to, click Edit, and choose Image > Paste Adjustments.
The nine filters in Photos emulate three classic photography styles — vivid, dramatic, and black and white — and are optimized to enhance your image while keeping skin tones natural.
Choose Vivid, Vivid Warm, or Vivid Cool to enhance the vibrancy of your images; Dramatic, Dramatic Warm, or Dramatic Cool to add contrast; or Mono, Silvertone, or Noir for a classic black and white.
Straighten your photo, improve its composition, or get rid of parts that you don't want.
Drag the selection rectangle by its edges or corners. When you let go of the selection rectangle, your cropped photo appears. Use the numbered dial to the right of your photo to straighten it. As you move the dial, a grid appears on your photo to help you with alignment.
Choose from a range of ratios — like square or 5:7 — or leave it as freeform.
Horizontally flip your photo, or option-click to flip it vertically.
Photos can also automatically straighten and crop your photo — just click the Auto button. Or click Reset to undo all cropping and rotation and restore your photo to its original dimensions.
Edit with third-party apps
You can edit images from your Photos library with third-party apps, such as Photoshop and Pixelmator, right from the Photos app. Select an image, then choose Image > Edit With and choose the editing app that you’d like to use.
When you’re finished editing in the app, save your work or use the Command-S keyboard shortcut. Any edits you make are saved in Photos as a non-destructive change, so you can always revert your image to its original state.
More editing tools
Third-party extensions expand your editing options in Photos. You can apply edits from multiple extensions to one photo, or use any combination of extensions plus the editing tools built into Photos. Learn more about editing with third-party extensions.
You can also use the Markup tool in the Extensions menu to add drawings, shapes, and text to your photos.
Turn your photo 90 degrees counterclockwise. If you want to rotate the other direction, hold down the Option key.
Improve your photo with just one click. Automatically adjust your photo's color, light, and contrast.
Trim your video
Have a video that's too long to send through Mail or Messages? Or maybe you just want to share part of a video with your friends and family. With the Photos app, you can change the start and stop time to make your video shorter.
How to trim a video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Open the Photos app and tap the video that you want to edit.
- Tap Edit.
- Move the sliders on both sides of the video timeline to change the start and stop times. To preview your trimmed video, tap the play button .
- Tap Done, then tap Save Video or Save Video as New Clip.
Save Video saves only the trimmed version of the video. Save as New Clip keeps the original version and saves an additional trimmed version in your library.
How to trim a video on your Mac
- Open the Photos app and double-click the video that you want to edit.
- Hover over the video, click the action button , and choose Trim.
- Move the yellow sliders on both sides of the video timeline to change the start and stop times. To preview your trimmed video, click the play button .
- Click Trim.
How to undo a trim
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Open the video that you trimmed. Tap Edit. Tap Revert, then tap Revert to Original.*
On your Mac: Open the video that you trimmed. Click Edit. Click the action button , and choose Reset Trim.
* If you're editing a video that you created using the Save Video as New Clip function, tapping Revert to Original will undo any edits that you've made, such as adjusting exposure or adding a filter. But it won't restore the video to its original length.
Add a filter and rotate your videos
After you take your photo, open the photo in the Photos app and tap Edit. You can rotate, add a filter, and adjust the look of your video in the Photos app. If you don’t like your changes, tap Cancel to revert to the original.
On your Mac, open the Photos app and click Edit to adjust the look of your video. If you don't like your changes, click Revert to Original or Reset Adjustments.
Customize your slo-mo video
After you record with the slo-mo camera mode, you can edit which part of your movie plays with the slow motion effect. That means you can have your video play at regular speed, and slow down for the details that you don't want your viewers to miss.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Edit on the slo-mo video that you want to edit. On your Mac, just hover over the video. Then use the vertical white lines in the video timeline to set when slo-mo begins and ends.
Use third-party apps
You can also download third-party apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to edit your videos further. Or install third-party photo editing extensions on your Mac to use alongside the built-in tools in Photos. Learn more about editing with third-party extensions on your Mac.
Do more with Photos
Editing Apps For Free
- Learn how to take and edit photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- If you have a 4K video, learn how to edit it with iMovie.
- Store your photos and videos in iCloud Photos so that you can access them everywhere you go.
- Keep your collection organized in the Photos app.